Messaging and collaboration will be the first two Microsoft managed solutions to hit the market, but not in 2006.
Ron Markezich, CIO and vice president of managed solutions at Microsoft, said the upcoming e-mail and SharePoint offerings will beat the company’s planned desktop manager solution.
"We want to expand the portfolio. We'll run e-mail, SharePoint, LCS [Live Communications Service] and desktop manager, but the desktop is actually harder than e-mail," Markezich said in an interview at the Microsoft Management Summit in San Diego. "Desktop is a big change."
Nothing will materialize in 2006, and it will be several years before a complete managed-solutions platform is up and running, he said.
The desktop manager offering--incubated and in production at battery maker Energizer, Microsoft's first and only paying managed-solution customer--has been more complex to develop than anticipated and won't be generally available for some time, Markezich said.